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Women’s Empowerment: A case study of the Westsaharian women’s empowered democratic citizenship in the Westsaharian refugee camps.
Södertörn University College.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The Westsaharian women are a civic group that during their soon to be thirty years as refugees in the Westsaharian camps in south western Algeria have become empowered as citizens and advanced strongly in political representation. In theory, empowerment of women’s democratic citizenship has been described as a complex phenomenon. To gain an understanding about this in this study, I have described the women’s perceived access to resources and attitudes, and in what way these factors play a role for their active citizenship. This has been done by the use of Axel Hadenius’ theory about the democratic citizenship and Jo Rowlands’ theory about which resources that are to be considered as essential for women’s empowerment. To be able to perform the study, a case study was performed in the Westsaharian refugee camps during April-May 2004, followed up by a second during October-November 2004.

The study shows that there are resources and attitudes within both human and social capital that the women perceive to play a significant role for their active citizenship. These factors make the women take part in societal activities, strive to reach higher political positions, and work for a common civic development as women and as Westsaharian citizens. The result of the study further shows that there are contextual inhibiting and encouraging factors that the women perceive to affect their resources and attitudes that play a significant role for their active citizenship.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Institutionen för statsvetenskap, nationalekonomi och juridik , 2006. , p. 96
Keywords [en]
Westsaharian refugee camps, Women’s empowerment, democratic citizenship, resources, attitudes, perceptions, political participation
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-424OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-424DiVA, id: diva2:16122
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samhälle/juridik
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